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Swordfish is the chicken of the fish world: Meaty, easy to cook, and a perfect blank canvas. It’s mild enough to take on any flavor from Mediterranean to Caribbean. Try these 11 recipes for swordfish this summer.

1. Seared Coconut Vindaloo Swordfish

Salt and Wind

Cook dinner tonight that celebrates spices. This simple coconut vindaloo elevates the flavors of fresh swordfish by pairing it with vindaloo spice and creamy coconut milk. Ginger, garlic, and lime juice brighten up the dish. Get the recipe here.

2. Grilled Swordfish with Cucumber-Melon Salsa

Meaty swordfish lends itself well to grilling. Start with a hefty piece of fish and give it a few good grill marks. A fresh and light cucumber-melon salsa adds texture and a slight sweetness to this summertime dish. Get our Grilled Swordfish with Cucumber-Melon Salsa recipe.

3. Grilled Swordfish with Tomato and Basil

The Corner Kitchen

Classic summer flavors – tomato and basil – shine in this grilled dish. With just 5 ingredients, you can have it on the table in no time. Feel free to get creative and add what summer vegetables and herbs you have on hand. Get the recipe here.

4. Cilantro-Lime Grilled Swordfish

The Stay at Home Chef

Simple, flavorful, and fast, this recipe gives a starring role to lime and cilantro. The result is a zesty and herbal take on grilled swordfish that’s a snap to whip up in the summer. Get the recipe here.

5. Lemon-Glazed Swordfish Skewers with Rice

A Family Feast

Dinner on a stick? Yes please. Chunks of fresh swordfish are marinated in a tangy, citrus-y sauce. After grilling, top the skewers with fresh mint and serve them over rice for a filling but elegant meal. Get the recipe here.

6. Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa


We’d eat this mango salsa over pretty much anything, and grilled fish is a perfect pairing. The salsa is quick to prepare, so we suggest making a double batch and stretching it for two meals. Get the recipe here.

7. Swordfish Puttanesca


This fiery swordfish dish gets its punch from briny capers and salty anchovies. Add some olives and you’re suddenly transported to the Amalfi coast, savoring classic Italian flavors and fresh seafood. Get the recipe here.

8. Swordfish with Grapefruit Relish

Feast Magazine

Lemon is a classic citrus pairing with swordfish, but this recipe gets creative and swaps in grapefruit. The tart relish tops grilled fish, making the dish lighter and fresher. A little Thai chile kicks up the heat. Get the recipe here.

9. Swordfish Tacos


Pretty much anything inside a taco makes us happy. Our ultimate summer dish is swordfish spiced with cumin and paprika in a soft taco shell topped with a fresh mango avocado salsa. If that doesn’t satisfy your taco cravings, nothing will. Get the recipe here.

10. Blackened Swordfish with Dirty Rice

Blackened fish might sound like a retro technique, but trust us, it’s still fantastic. The fish is coated in spices to give it an excellent crust when grilled. You serve it over a sausage and vegetable-packed dirty rice. Bookmark this recipe for your friends with big appetites. Get the recipe here.

11. Pan-Roasted Swordfish Steaks


Treating swordfish like meat is brilliant, since it’s such a robust, sturdy fish. Roast it in a pan like a steak and top it with a peppery butter seasoned with garlic and lemon. Yes, you had us at garlic butter. Get the recipe here.

Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.
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